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Using Liquibase with Oracle for versioning objects and track database changes …

Posted by FatDBA on December 30, 2021

Hi All,

Last few weeks I was busy doing some CI/CD integrations using Liquibase, and this was the first time I was using Liquibase and I immediately fell in love with this brilliant tool, that you can use for tracking, managing, automation and applying database schema changes. This is gaining popularity as a DevOps tool to automate your database deployments.

Today’s post is about how to integrate Liquibase with Oracle databases. I did all of the demos on Oracle database version 19.3.0.0.0 on RHEL8 and using Liquibase community version 4.6.2 You can download latest version from https://www.liquibase.org/download and they also have certified courses available on their university website https://learn.liquibase.com/

Okay, let’s quickly build the playground to do demos. I will first first un-tar the file that I have downloaded from their website.

[root@fatdba liqui]# tar -xvf liquibase-4.6.2.tar.gz
ABOUT.txt
GETTING_STARTED.txt
LICENSE.txt
examples/sql/
examples/sql/samplechangelog.h2.sql
.....
........
...........
liquibase
liquibase.bat
liquibase.jar

[root@fatdba liqui]# ls
ABOUT.txt      examples             lib       LICENSE.txt  liquibase-4.6.2.tar.gz  liquibase.jar  UNINSTALL.txt
changelog.txt  GETTING_STARTED.txt  licenses  liquibase    liquibase.bat           README.txt
[root@fatdba liqui]#

Lets add the PATH variable to .bash_profile and set it to export PATH=$PATH:/root/liquibase (my Liquibase un-tar directory) this is to call the executable from anywhere. With that you’re all set to use the Liquibase, yes! you only need to unzip/un-tar the software and ready to go. It’s installation and configuration both is very easy and straight forward.

Here in this demo, I will be using all options or flags directly with the Liquibase cli to better understanding, but I recommend to create the property file and put all your configuration entries there, like the one I have shared below.

[root@localhost liquibase]# more liquibase.properties
changeLogFile: changelogfile.sql
driver: oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver
classpath: /root/liquibase/lib/ojdbc8-18.3.0.0.jar
url: jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost.ontadomain:1521/dixitdb
username: dixdroid
password: dixdroid
outputFile=output_local.sql
loglevel=SEVERE
liquibase.hub.mode=off

Here changeLogFile is the changelog file to use, driver is the database driver class name, its ‘oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver’ as I am doing this demo on Oracle database. Classpath flag is to point the jar file for the classpath containing migration files and JDBC Driver, URL is the database JDBC URL (hostname:portnumber/SID), username/password is the database username and the password, the outputFile is the used to send output to a file. The loglevel parameter controls the amount of messages that are generated when running Liquibase commands, possible options are SEVERE/WARNING/INFO/FINE/OFF and the last option liquibase.hub.mode disables the HUB mode for Liquibase. There are whole lot of other parameters and are available on https://docs.liquibase.com/

Next I am going to create a test schema where I will create objects later on, and will track changes using Liquibase.

[oracle@localhost ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba

SQL*Plus: Release 19.0.0.0.0 - Production on Thu Dec 30 02:42:18 2021
Version 19.3.0.0.0
Copyright (c) 1982, 2019, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Connected to:
Oracle Database 19c Enterprise Edition Release 19.0.0.0.0 - Production
Version 19.3.0.0.0

SQL> create user dixdroid identified  by dixdroid;

User created.

-- Granting SYSDBA to the test user for demo purpose only
SQL> grant connect, sysdba to dixdroid;

Grant succeeded.

SQL> conn dixdroid
Enter password:
Connected.
SQL>

-- Next, I will add some test data to this schema. 
-- Will create a Table, insert few rows, index, function and a sequence. 

SQL> @testdata.sql

Table created.


1 row created.


1 row created.


Index created.


Table created.


Sequence created.


1 row created.


Function created.


Commit complete.

SQL>
SQL>
SQL> col object_name for a30
SQL> select object_name, object_type from user_objects;

OBJECT_NAME                    OBJECT_TYPE
------------------------------ -----------------------
TEST                           TABLE
IDX_TEST1                      INDEX
DIXIT1                         TABLE
DIXIT1_PK                      INDEX
DIXIT1_SEQ                     SEQUENCE
GET_DIXIT1_COUNT               FUNCTION

Now I will check if the Liquibase connection is successful, for that you should use the status command.

[root@localhost liquibase]# liquibase --username=liquibase --password=liquibase --changeLogFile=changelogfile.sql status
####################################################
##   _     _             _ _                      ##
##  | |   (_)           (_) |                     ##
##  | |    _  __ _ _   _ _| |__   __ _ ___  ___   ##
##  | |   | |/ _` | | | | | '_ \ / _` / __|/ _ \  ##
##  | |___| | (_| | |_| | | |_) | (_| \__ \  __/  ##
##  \_____/_|\__, |\__,_|_|_.__/ \__,_|___/\___|  ##
##              | |                               ##
##              |_|                               ##
##                                                ##
##  Get documentation at docs.liquibase.com       ##
##  Get certified courses at learn.liquibase.com  ##
##  Free schema change activity reports at        ##
##      https://hub.liquibase.com                 ##
##                                                ##
####################################################
Starting Liquibase at 04:35:09 (version 4.6.2 #886 built at 2021-11-30 16:20+0000)
Liquibase Version: 4.6.2
Liquibase Community 4.6.2 by Liquibase
Output saved to /root/liquibase/output_local.sql
Liquibase command 'status' was executed successfully.

[root@localhost liquibase]# more /root/liquibase/output_local.sql
LIQUIBASE@jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost.ontadomain:1521/dixitdb is up to date
[root@localhost liquibase]#

Next we need to generate the ‘changelog‘. Liquibase uses a changelog to consecutively list all changes made to your database. Think of it as a account book or a daybook. It is a file that contains a record of all your database changes (changesets). Liquibase uses this changelog record to inspect your database and execute any changes that are not yet applied to your database.

[root@localhost liquibase]# liquibase --driver=oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver --changeLogFile=changelogfile.sql  --classpath=/root/liquibase/lib/ojdbc8-18.3.0.0.jar --url="jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost.ontadomain:1521/dixitdb"  --username=liquibase --password=liquibase --defaultSchemaName=dixit generateChangeLog
####################################################
##   _     _             _ _                      ##
##  | |   (_)           (_) |                     ##
##  | |    _  __ _ _   _ _| |__   __ _ ___  ___   ##
##  | |   | |/ _` | | | | | '_ \ / _` / __|/ _ \  ##
##  | |___| | (_| | |_| | | |_) | (_| \__ \  __/  ##
##  \_____/_|\__, |\__,_|_|_.__/ \__,_|___/\___|  ##
##              | |                               ##
##              |_|                               ##
##                                                ##
##  Get documentation at docs.liquibase.com       ##
##  Get certified courses at learn.liquibase.com  ##
##  Free schema change activity reports at        ##
##      https://hub.liquibase.com                 ##
##                                                ##
####################################################
Starting Liquibase at 22:44:36 (version 4.6.2 #886 built at 2021-11-30 16:20+0000)
Liquibase Version: 4.6.2
Liquibase Community 4.6.2 by Liquibase
BEST PRACTICE: The changelog generated by diffChangeLog/generateChangeLog should be inspected for correctness and completeness before being deployed.

When generating formatted SQL changelogs, it is important to decide if batched statements
should be split or not.  For storedlogic objects, the default behavior is 'splitStatements:false'
.All other objects default to 'splitStatements:true'.  See https://docs.liquibase.org for additional information.

Generated changelog written to /root/liquibase/changelogfile.sql
Output saved to /root/liquibase/output_local.sql
Liquibase command 'generateChangelog' was executed successfully.
[root@localhost liquibase]#

Next we will run the ‘updateSQL‘ command which is a helper command that allows you to inspect the SQL Liquibase will run while using the update command. The updateSQL command is used when you want to inspect the raw SQL before running the update command, so you can correct any issues that may arise before running the command.

[root@localhost liquibase]# liquibase --username=dixdroid --password=dixdroid --changeLogFile=changelogfile.sql updateSQL
####################################################
##   _     _             _ _                      ##
##  | |   (_)           (_) |                     ##
##  | |    _  __ _ _   _ _| |__   __ _ ___  ___   ##
##  | |   | |/ _` | | | | | '_ \ / _` / __|/ _ \  ##
##  | |___| | (_| | |_| | | |_) | (_| \__ \  __/  ##
##  \_____/_|\__, |\__,_|_|_.__/ \__,_|___/\___|  ##
##              | |                               ##
##              |_|                               ##
##                                                ##
##  Get documentation at docs.liquibase.com       ##
##  Get certified courses at learn.liquibase.com  ##
##  Free schema change activity reports at        ##
##      https://hub.liquibase.com                 ##
##                                                ##
####################################################
Starting Liquibase at 22:46:25 (version 4.6.2 #886 built at 2021-11-30 16:20+0000)
Liquibase Version: 4.6.2
Liquibase Community 4.6.2 by Liquibase
Output saved to /root/liquibase/output_local.sql
Liquibase command 'updateSql' was executed successfully.
[root@localhost liquibase]#
[root@localhost liquibase]#

Lets examine the output_local.sql file generate by the last command where we ran updateSQL command with Liquibase.

[root@localhost liquibase]#
[root@localhost liquibase]# more /root/liquibase/output_local.sql
-- *********************************************************************
-- Update Database Script
-- *********************************************************************
-- Change Log: changelog.sql
-- Ran at: 12/29/21 10:46 PM
-- Against: DIXDROID@jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost.ontadomain:1521/dixitdb
-- Liquibase version: 4.6.2
-- *********************************************************************

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Lock Database
UPDATE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK SET LOCKED = 1, LOCKEDBY = 'localhost.ontadomain (192.168.154.142)', LOCKGRANTED = TO_TIMESTAMP('2021-12-29 22:46:27.69
5', 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS.FF') WHERE ID = 1 AND LOCKED = 0;

-- Create Database Change Log Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOG (ID VARCHAR2(255) NOT NULL, AUTHOR VARCHAR2(255) NOT NULL, FILENAME VARCHAR2(255) NOT NULL, DATEEXECUTED TIMESTAMP NO
T NULL, ORDEREXECUTED INTEGER NOT NULL, EXECTYPE VARCHAR2(10) NOT NULL, MD5SUM VARCHAR2(35), DESCRIPTION VARCHAR2(255), COMMENTS VARCHAR2(255), TAG VARCHAR2(
255), LIQUIBASE VARCHAR2(20), CONTEXTS VARCHAR2(255), LABELS VARCHAR2(255), DEPLOYMENT_ID VARCHAR2(10));

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Create Database Lock Table
CREATE TABLE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID INTEGER NOT NULL, LOCKED NUMBER(1) NOT NULL, LOCKGRANTED TIMESTAMP, LOCKEDBY VARCHAR2(255), CONSTRAINT PK_DAT
ABASECHANGELOGLOCK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

-- Initialize Database Lock Table
DELETE FROM DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK (ID, LOCKED) VALUES (1, 0);

-- Changeset changelog.sql::1640835878960-1::root
CREATE TABLE DIXIT1 (ID NUMBER NOT NULL, DESCRIPTION VARCHAR(50), CONSTRAINT DIXIT1_PK PRIMARY KEY (ID));

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOG (ID, AUTHOR, FILENAME, DATEEXECUTED, ORDEREXECUTED, MD5SUM, DESCRIPTION, COMMENTS, EXECTYPE, CONTEXTS, LABELS, LIQUIBA
SE, DEPLOYMENT_ID) VALUES ('1640835878960-1', 'root', 'changelog.h2.sql', SYSTIMESTAMP, 1, '8:17e41ee520cc38d8600cb88325a89679', 'sql', '', 'EXECUTED', NULL,
 NULL, '4.6.2', '0835988346');

-- Changeset changelog.h2.sql::1640835878960-2::root
CREATE SEQUENCE DIXIT1_SEQ START WITH 21 MAXVALUE 9999999999999999999999999999;

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOG (ID, AUTHOR, FILENAME, DATEEXECUTED, ORDEREXECUTED, MD5SUM, DESCRIPTION, COMMENTS, EXECTYPE, CONTEXTS, LABELS, LIQUIBA
SE, DEPLOYMENT_ID) VALUES ('1640835878960-2', 'root', 'changelog.h2.sql', SYSTIMESTAMP, 2, '8:8b670db06f2e0ad02cf1deeec1f9b79b', 'sql', '', 'EXECUTED', NULL,
 NULL, '4.6.2', '0835988346');

-- Changeset changelog.sql::1640835878960-3::root
CREATE TABLE TEST (ID NUMBER(10, 0), NAME VARCHAR(30));

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOG (ID, AUTHOR, FILENAME, DATEEXECUTED, ORDEREXECUTED, MD5SUM, DESCRIPTION, COMMENTS, EXECTYPE, CONTEXTS, LABELS, LIQUIBA
SE, DEPLOYMENT_ID) VALUES ('1640835878960-3', 'root', 'changelog.h2.sql', SYSTIMESTAMP, 3, '8:e56593db5135656a87586790c3d5b671', 'sql', '', 'EXECUTED', NULL,
 NULL, '4.6.2', '0835988346');

-- Changeset changelog.sql::1640835878960-4::root
CREATE INDEX IDX_TEST1 ON TEST(ID, NAME);

INSERT INTO DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOG (ID, AUTHOR, FILENAME, DATEEXECUTED, ORDEREXECUTED, MD5SUM, DESCRIPTION, COMMENTS, EXECTYPE, CONTEXTS, LABELS, LIQUIBA
SE, DEPLOYMENT_ID) VALUES ('1640835878960-4', 'root', 'changelog.h2.sql', SYSTIMESTAMP, 4, '8:178519da11977278e2192549595aed7b', 'sql', '', 'EXECUTED', NULL,
 NULL, '4.6.2', '0835988346');

-- Release Database Lock
UPDATE DIXDROID.DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK SET LOCKED = 0, LOCKEDBY = NULL, LOCKGRANTED = NULL WHERE ID = 1;

[root@localhost liquibase]#

Now after careful examination of the last .sql file, time to call the ‘update‘ command which deploys any changes that are in the changelog file and that have not been deployed to your database yet. During this step (first time) only it creates the DATABASECHANGELOG table which is used to track which changesets have been run, and the DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK table to ensure only one instance of Liquibase is running at one time.

When you run the update command, Liquibase sequentially reads changesets in the changelog file, then it compares the unique identifiers of id, author, and path to filename to the values stored in the DATABASECHANGELOG table.

You can see both of the two new (liquibase specific) tables DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK & DATABASECHANGELOG created under the schema.

SQL> select object_name, object_type from user_objects;

OBJECT_NAME                    OBJECT_TYPE
------------------------------ -----------------------
TEST                           TABLE
IDX_TEST1                      INDEX
DIXIT1                         TABLE
DIXIT1_PK                      INDEX
DIXIT1_SEQ                     SEQUENCE
GET_DIXIT1_COUNT               FUNCTION
DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK          TABLE
PK_DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK       INDEX
DATABASECHANGELOG              TABLE

9 rows selected.


SQL> desc DATABASECHANGELOG
 Name                                      Null?    Type
 ----------------------------------------- -------- ----------------------------
 ID                                        NOT NULL VARCHAR2(255)
 AUTHOR                                    NOT NULL VARCHAR2(255)
 FILENAME                                  NOT NULL VARCHAR2(255)
 DATEEXECUTED                              NOT NULL TIMESTAMP(6)
 ORDEREXECUTED                             NOT NULL NUMBER(38)
 EXECTYPE                                  NOT NULL VARCHAR2(10)
 MD5SUM                                             VARCHAR2(35)
 DESCRIPTION                                        VARCHAR2(255)
 COMMENTS                                           VARCHAR2(255)
 TAG                                                VARCHAR2(255)
 LIQUIBASE                                          VARCHAR2(20)
 CONTEXTS                                           VARCHAR2(255)
 LABELS                                             VARCHAR2(255)
 DEPLOYMENT_ID                                      VARCHAR2(10)

Now the baseline is created, we can create the next version of the database. I have created four new SQL files to create new sequence, view, function and a table with few records and an Index.

[root@localhost liquibase]# ls -ltrh *.sql*
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root  88 Dec 29 23:03 seq2.sql
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root  65 Dec 29 23:05 view1.sql
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 172 Dec 29 23:07 func2.sql
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 159 Dec 30 00:34 tab2.sql

I will now create the master.xml file which acts as a master index and is an ordered list of all changelogs. I have added a master.xml file with following contents. includeAll path=”/root/liquibase” is the XML tag that allows you to specify a directory that contains multiple changelog files.
include file=./changelog1.xml is the XML file which I have created and will be referenced or called by the master.xml file.

If you check the ‘changelog1.xml‘ file, it has the order that you want Liquibase to follow, like in my example it will first create the sequence after reading from file seq2.sql, followed by table script tab2.sql and last file which is to create the function using func2.sql There are few parameters used with the XML and are explained below.
relativeToChangelogFile=”true” : is cause we are using relative paths.
ID : tag is used to assign a unique value to the action.
endDelimiter: is the attribute can be set in a sql or sqlFile Change Type to override the default value of ;. The endDelimiter can be set to ” or to a character other than ; to indicate the end of the SQL statement.
stripComments : Set to true to remove any comments in the SQL before executing, otherwise false. Defaults to true if not set

[root@localhost liquibase]# more master.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<databaseChangeLog
  xmlns="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog
                      http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog/dbchangelog-3.9.xsd">
    <includeAll path="/root/liquibase"/>
    <include file="./changelog1.xml" relativeToChangelogFile="true"/>
</databaseChangeLog>
[root@localhost liquibase]#


-- Changelog XML file that is called by the above master.xml file.
[root@localhost liquibase]# more changelog1.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<databaseChangeLog
  xmlns="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog
                      http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog/dbchangelog-3.9.xsd">

    <changeSet author="dixdroid" id="seq2">
      <sqlFile dbms="oracle"
               endDelimiter=";"
               path="./seq2.sql"
               relativeToChangelogFile="true"
               splitStatements="true"
               stripComments="false"/>
    </changeSet>
    <changeSet author="dixdroid" id="table2">
      <sqlFile dbms="oracle"
               endDelimiter=";"
               path="./tab2.sql"
               relativeToChangelogFile="true"
               splitStatements="true"
               stripComments="false"/>
    </changeSet>
    <changeSet author="dixdroid" id="getcount" runOnChange="true">
      <sqlFile dbms="oracle"
               endDelimiter=";"
               path="./func2.sql"
               relativeToChangelogFile="true"
               splitStatements="false"
               stripComments="false"/>
    </changeSet>
</databaseChangeLog>

Now let’s run the Liquibase ‘update‘ command using master.xml as the new changeLogFile which will perform all the changes that are mentioned in the master xml and related changelog1.xml

[root@localhost liquibase]# liquibase --username=dixdroid --password=dixdroid --changeLogFile="master.xml" update
####################################################
##   _     _             _ _                      ##
##  | |   (_)           (_) |                     ##
##  | |    _  __ _ _   _ _| |__   __ _ ___  ___   ##
##  | |   | |/ _` | | | | | '_ \ / _` / __|/ _ \  ##
##  | |___| | (_| | |_| | | |_) | (_| \__ \  __/  ##
##  \_____/_|\__, |\__,_|_|_.__/ \__,_|___/\___|  ##
##              | |                               ##
##              |_|                               ##
##                                                ##
##  Get documentation at docs.liquibase.com       ##
##  Get certified courses at learn.liquibase.com  ##
##  Free schema change activity reports at        ##
##      https://hub.liquibase.com                 ##
##                                                ##
####################################################
Starting Liquibase at 00:36:07 (version 4.6.2 #886 built at 2021-11-30 16:20+0000)
Liquibase Version: 4.6.2
Liquibase Community 4.6.2 by Liquibase
Output saved to /root/liquibase/output_local.sql
Liquibase command 'update' was executed successfully.
[root@localhost liquibase]#

Let’s check if all new objects are created in the database, and we have table TESLA and its Index IDX_TESLA and RETURNTABLECOUNT function created.

SQL> select object_name, object_type from user_objects;

OBJECT_NAME                    OBJECT_TYPE
------------------------------ -----------------------
TEST                           TABLE
IDX_TEST1                      INDEX
DIXIT1                         TABLE
DIXIT1_PK                      INDEX
DIXIT1_SEQ                     SEQUENCE
GET_DIXIT1_COUNT               FUNCTION
DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK          TABLE
PK_DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK       INDEX
DATABASECHANGELOG              TABLE
TESLA                          TABLE
IDX_TESLA                      INDEX
RETURNTABLECOUNT               FUNCTION

12 rows selected.


-- Lets check DATABASECHANGELOG table to view all details about this schema level change.

SQL> select id, AUTHOR,FILENAME,DATEEXECUTED,ORDEREXECUTED,DESCRIPTION,LIQUIBASE,DEPLOYMENT_ID from DATABASECHANGELOG;

ID         AUTHOR     FILENAME        DATEEXECUTED                   ORDEREXECUTED DESCRIPTIO LIQUIBASE            DEPLOYMENT
---------- ---------- --------------- ------------------------------ ------------- ---------- -------------------- ----------
seq2       dixdroid   changelog1.xml  30-DEC-21 12.33.02.051131 AM               1 sqlFile    4.6.2                0842381718
table2     dixdroid   changelog1.xml  30-DEC-21 12.36.11.790990 AM               2 sqlFile    4.6.2                0842571528
getcount   dixdroid   changelog1.xml  30-DEC-21 12.36.11.937545 AM               3 sqlFile    4.6.2                0842571528

Perfect! Let me add one more object to the schema and see what happens next and how details added to the changelog table. This time I will create a new VIEW using SQL file with name view1.sql. Below are the master.xml and changelog file that I have created for this new addition to the schema and to track it.

[root@localhost liquibase]# more changelog2.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<databaseChangeLog
  xmlns="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog
                      http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog/dbchangelog-3.9.xsd">

    <changeSet author="dixdroid" id="view1">
      <sqlFile dbms="oracle"
               endDelimiter=";"
               path="./view1.sql"
               relativeToChangelogFile="true"
               splitStatements="true"
               stripComments="false"/>
    </changeSet>
</databaseChangeLog>




[root@localhost liquibase]# more master.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<databaseChangeLog
  xmlns="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog
                      http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog/dbchangelog-3.9.xsd">
    <includeAll path="/root/liquibase"/>
    <include file="./changelog2.xml" relativeToChangelogFile="true"/>
</databaseChangeLog>
[root@localhost liquibase]#
[root@localhost liquibase]#

Time to run the update command once again using modified master.xml file to create view.

[root@localhost liquibase]#
[root@localhost liquibase]# liquibase --username=dixdroid --password=dixdroid --changeLogFile="master.xml" update
####################################################
##   _     _             _ _                      ##
##  | |   (_)           (_) |                     ##
##  | |    _  __ _ _   _ _| |__   __ _ ___  ___   ##
##  | |   | |/ _` | | | | | '_ \ / _` / __|/ _ \  ##
##  | |___| | (_| | |_| | | |_) | (_| \__ \  __/  ##
##  \_____/_|\__, |\__,_|_|_.__/ \__,_|___/\___|  ##
##              | |                               ##
##              |_|                               ##
##                                                ##
##  Get documentation at docs.liquibase.com       ##
##  Get certified courses at learn.liquibase.com  ##
##  Free schema change activity reports at        ##
##      https://hub.liquibase.com                 ##
##                                                ##
####################################################
Starting Liquibase at 00:57:25 (version 4.6.2 #886 built at 2021-11-30 16:20+0000)
Liquibase Version: 4.6.2
Liquibase Community 4.6.2 by Liquibase
Output saved to /root/liquibase/output_local.sql
Liquibase command 'update' was executed successfully.
[root@localhost liquibase]#
[root@localhost liquibase]#


-- Letscheck if the VIEW named PEEK is created or not!


SQL> select object_name, object_type from user_objects;
OBJECT_NAME                                                                                                                      OBJECT_TYPE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----------------------
TEST                                                                                                                             TABLE
IDX_TEST1                                                                                                                        INDEX
DIXIT1                                                                                                                           TABLE
DIXIT1_PK                                                                                                                        INDEX
DIXIT1_SEQ                                                                                                                       SEQUENCE
GET_DIXIT1_COUNT                                                                                                                 FUNCTION
DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK                                                                                                            TABLE
PK_DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK                                                                                                         INDEX
DATABASECHANGELOG                                                                                                                TABLE
TESLA                                                                                                                            TABLE
IDX_TESLA                                                                                                                        INDEX
RETURNTABLECOUNT                                                                                                                 FUNCTION
PEEK                                                                                                                             VIEW

13 rows selected.

SQL>  select id, AUTHOR,FILENAME,DATEEXECUTED,ORDEREXECUTED,DESCRIPTION,LIQUIBASE,DEPLOYMENT_ID from DATABASECHANGELOG;


ID         AUTHOR     FILENAME        DATEEXECUTED                   ORDEREXECUTED DESCRIPTIO LIQUIBASE            DEPLOYMENT
---------- ---------- --------------- ------------------------------ ------------- ---------- -------------------- ----------
seq2       dixdroid   changelog1.xml  30-DEC-21 12.33.02.051131 AM               1 sqlFile    4.6.2                0842381718
table2     dixdroid   changelog1.xml  30-DEC-21 12.36.11.790990 AM               2 sqlFile    4.6.2                0842571528
getcount   dixdroid   changelog1.xml  30-DEC-21 12.36.11.937545 AM               3 sqlFile    4.6.2                0842571528
view1      dixdroid   changelog2.xml  30-DEC-21 12.57.31.827752 AM               4 sqlFile    4.6.2                0843851310

Great, its there!
About Liquibase, you can use it as core DevOps tool to track schema changes and for deployments and automations, integrate it with your CI/CD pipelines or can be used as a migration tool. There are multiple use cases. For more details check their official website.

Hope It Helped!
Prashant Dixit

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Too many INACTIVE sessions ? Is this due to JDBC connection leakage ?

Posted by FatDBA on December 21, 2021

Hi All,

Last week I was looking into a database problem where the customer reported database hang issues when trying to use their Java based application, and that application requires to connect with the database every now and then. This was a brand new platform where they were doing some UAT testing’s and were using WebLogic which they recently configured to use with connection pooling enabled.

Application team reported that they are getting frequent ‘ORA-00018 maximum number of sessions exceeded’ errors in the alert log and that was a big clue. Operations team tried many times to identify all INACTIVE sessions (session limit was 800 in the DB) and manually kill them, but new JDBC Thin Client gets spawns every time … I was sure that this is most probably the JDBC connection leak issue, and those are always difficult to identify!

This is what it was, the peak at the time of issue

Now talking about – How to detect this problem ?. Though there were multiple other performance problem on this platform, but none of them seems related with the SQLs, as the execution plan were perfect and reflects a well designed SQL workload. So I suspected the application, started with the WebLogic server logs and there I saw multiple instances of “BEA-000627 Reached maximum capacity of pool “cgDataSource”, making “0” new resource instances instead of “1” “ warnings, and with that, it once again solidified my initial assumption that it as happening all as a result of applications’ code not closing connections properly, connection leakage.

A leaked connection is a connection that was not properly returned to the connection pool in the data source. To automatically recover leaked connections, you can specify a value for Inactive Connection Timeout on the JDBC Data Source. When you set a value for Inactive Connection Timeout, WebLogic Server forcibly returns a connection to the data source when there is no activity on a reserved connection for the number of seconds that you specify. When set to 0 (the default value), this feature is turned off. So we have to we need to set one specific parameter for the data source to force close those connections that are not closed by the application.

Click on Services --> Data Sources --> Click on the Data Source you want to configure --> Click on Connection Pool --> Click on Advanced --> “Inactive Connection Timeout”

And it was set to its default value of 0, means no inactive sessions will be snapped or removed and will stay in the database and consume sessions limit. After carefull observation and a discussion with the team, we set it to a reasonable value and bounced Weblogic Admin and manager servers (MS) to make changes persistent.

But if this was the solution to the problem ? No, it was not! and is always a remedy, to immediately handle the situation while the root cause of the problem is investigated.
I later on investigated the log files in order to isolate the culprit class. Also noticed that after we’d set the ‘Inactive Connection Timeout’ setting, multiple instances of BEA-001153 Warnings were captured within logs. This was because the code does not close the connection, and was waiting for the “Inactive connection timeout” to trigger closure of these objects and that had caused the warning message printed in the admin server logs.

<Dec 3, 2021 10:12:34 AM GMT> 
<Warning> <JDBC> <BEA-001153> <Forcibly releasing inactive connection "weblogic.jdbc.wrapper.PoolConnection_oracle_jdbc_driver_xxCConnection@xxx" back into the connection pool "xxxxxxxx-xxx", currently reserved by: java.lang.Exception
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionEnv.setup(ConnectionEnv.java:325)
at weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourcePoolImpl.reserveResource(ResourcePoolImpl.java:363)
at weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourcePoolImpl.reserveResource(ResourcePoolImpl.java:329)
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionPool.reserve(ConnectionPool.java:417)
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionPool.reserve(ConnectionPool.java:324)
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.MultiPool.searchLoadBalance(MultiPool.java:312)
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.MultiPool.findPool(MultiPool.java:180)
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionPoolManager.reserve(ConnectionPoolManager.java:89)
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.RmiDataSource.getPoolConnection(RmiDataSource.java:350)
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.RmiDataSource.getConnection(RmiDataSource.java:369)
at oracle.jbo.server.DBTransactionImpl.establishNewConnection(DBTransactionImpl.java:990)
.....
..........

Later I collected JDBC Diagnostic Dumps via admin console to detect and further troubleshoot this JDBC Connection Leak.

Dumping Resource Pool:cgDataSource
Resource Pool:cgDataSource:dumpPool Current Capacity = 4
Resource Pool:cgDataSource:dumpPool dumping available resources, #entries = 0
Resource Pool:cgDataSource:dumpPool dumping reserved resources, #entries = 4
Resource Pool:cgDataSource:dumpPool reserved[0] = autoCommit=true, enabled=true, isXA=true, isJTS=false, vendorID=11, connUsed=true, doInit=false, 'null', destroyed=false, poolname=cgDataSource, appname=null, moduleName=null, connectTime=4941, dirtyIsolationLevel=false, initialIsolationLevel=2, infected=false, lastSuccessfulConnectionUse=1344715611974, secondsToTrustAnIdlePoolConnection=10, currentUser=java.lang.Exception
  at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionEnv.setup(ConnectionEnv.java:308)
  at weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourcePoolImpl.reserveResource(ResourcePoolImpl.java:314)
  at weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourcePoolImpl.reserveResource(ResourcePoolImpl.java:292)
  at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionPool.reserve(ConnectionPool.java:425)
  at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionPool.reserve(ConnectionPool.java:316)
  at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionPoolManager.reserve(ConnectionPoolManager.java:93)
  at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.ConnectionPoolManager.reserve(ConnectionPoolManager.java:61)
  at weblogic.jdbc.jta.DataSource.getXAConnectionFromPool(DataSource.java:1473)
  at weblogic.jdbc.jta.DataSource.refreshXAConnAndEnlist(DataSource.java:1302)
  at weblogic.jdbc.jta.DataSource.getConnection(DataSource.java:425)
  at weblogic.jdbc.jta.DataSource.connect(DataSource.java:382)
  at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.RmiDataSource.getConnection(RmiDataSource.java:338)
  at troubleshooting.servlets.JdbcConnections.service(JdbcConnections.java:97)
  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:820)
  at weblogic.servlet.internal.StubSecurityHelper$ServletServiceAction.run(StubSecurityHelper.java:227)
......
.........
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.RmiDataSource.getConnection(RmiDataSource.java:338)
  at troubleshooting.servlets.JdbcConnections.service(JdbcConnections.java:97)
  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:820)
  at weblogic.servlet.internal.StubSecurityHelper$ServletServiceAction.run(StubSecurityHelper.java:227)
.........
...............
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.RmiDataSource.getConnection(RmiDataSource.java:338)
  at troubleshooting.servlets.JdbcConnections.service(JdbcConnections.java:97)
  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:820)
  at weblogic.servlet.internal.StubSecurityHelper$ServletServiceAction.run(StubSecurityHelper.java:227)
.....
......
at weblogic.jdbc.common.internal.RmiDataSource.getConnection(RmiDataSource.java:338)
  at troubleshooting.servlets.JdbcConnections.service(JdbcConnections.java:97)
  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:820)
  at weblogic.servlet.internal.StubSecurityHelper$ServletServiceAction.run(StubSecurityHelper.java:227)
......
.........

If you watch carefully, on all the dumps above, the method that initiates the connection to the database is troubleshooting.servlets.JdbcConnections.service(), specifically at line 97 on Class JdbcConnections.java, as the stack says.

We went back to the source code for the application (dummy code):

      } else if (i == -1) {
        try {
          InitialContext localInitialContext2 = new InitialContext();

          DataSource localDataSource = (DataSource)localInitialContext2.lookup("cgDataSource");    <========== HERE IS WHERE THE LEAK STARTS

          localObject = localDataSource.getConnection();                                          
          localObject = null;                                                                      <========== HERE IS WHERE THE LEAK OCCURS, WHEN OBJECT IS SET TO NULL BUT CONNECTION NOT CLOSED.
          System.out.println("xxxxxxxxx.");
          localInitialContext2.close();
        } catch (Exception localException2) {
localPrintWriter.println("An exception has been thrown while trying to increase the number of JDBC connection to " + i + ", the error is<br><br>");

And application team immediately recognized the cause, there was a need to explicitly closed the connection and was later on fixed by the application team to something below.

          InitialContext localInitialContext2 = new InitialContext();

          DataSource localDataSource = (DataSource)localInitialContext2.lookup("cgDataSource");

          localObject = localDataSource.getConnection();

          System.out.println("xxxxxxxxx.");
          localInitialContext2.close();
        } catch (Exception localException2) {
          localPrintWriter.println("An exception has been thrown while trying to increase the number of JDBC connection to " + i + ", the error is<br><br>");

        } finally{

          localObject.close()
          localObject = null;

         }

So, that’s how it got resolved after changing the problematic code. Connection leakage is a very tricky scenario which requires careful observation primarily of the application code.

Hope It Helped
Prashant Dixit

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Real-Time SQL Monitoring and its limitation on more than 300 plan lines, and a fix …

Posted by FatDBA on December 16, 2021

Hi Guys,

Today while doing an analysis for a very complex & a big SQL query (402 lines), I tried to use the Real Time SQL Monitoring Report to get some quick stats about the execution, but it failed and it didn’t showed me any output.

Luckily I found a great article written by my friend Mohamed Houri and a metalink note for the problem (Doc ID 1613163.1), which says that there is a default limitation (300 lines) on the plan lines, and the threshold is in place to avoid spending too much time processing these large statements at the expense of other activities. So anything that has more than 300 plan lines won’t be monitored!

The fix to the problem is to set a hidden parameter which can be used to set the limit to a higher value, or you can set it on your SPFILE.

-- To change the default limit to any user defined value.
alter system set "_sqlmon_max_planlines"=450 scope=both;

-- or set it in your SPFILE
_sqlmon_max_planlines=450

Hope It Helped
Prashant Dixit

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Security vulnerability in Oracle EBS : CVE-2021-44228

Posted by FatDBA on December 14, 2021

Hi All,

Recently while doing a database migration/upgrade project, we encountered a strange case where the orachk utility caught a new security vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) on this new upgraded platform, and were related with customer’s logging platform log4j and for their EBS (E-business suite version 12.2) middleware. The vulnerability was for its JNDI features that do not protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints, and coming with a 10 out of 10 severity score.

We checked with Oracle customer support and they asked us to apply a workaround (link below). I later on found that its not only Oracle products, but has impacted many other applications & cloud services. This weakness poses a significant risk to many applications and cloud services and it needs to be patched right away!

Oracle document for the alert: https://www.oracle.com/security-alerts/alert-cve-2021-44228.html

Master note for this alert: https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?_afrLoop=178124739549299&id=2827611.1&displayIndex=3&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=zowp8g1a4_369

Oracle EBS related fix : https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?_afrLoop=178249002646089&id=2827804.1&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=zowp8g1a4_418

Hope It Worked!
Prashant Dixit

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Why the optimizer not picking the correct Index ? Bringing chaos to order ..

Posted by FatDBA on December 13, 2021

Hi Guys,

Would like to discuss one interesting problem that I’ve recently faced while supporting one of the customer migration, where one critical SQL statement turned out to be very slow on this new infrastructure. They moved from 12.1 standalone to 12.2 2-Node RAC cluster and moved to a brand new hardware, but with similar HW and resource configurations as earlier.

As per the team, one of the core application API was behaving very slow while processing requests, and also failing due to time limits applied within the application. Hence the entire system becoming slow after they moved the workload to this new system.

Query was using multiple subqueries or nesting results that it got from them using a UNION ALL operator which returned all rows as it does not eliminate duplicate selected rows. The query was frequently waiting on User IO wait class, specially on ‘direct path read‘ and ‘db file sequential read‘ events, and took ~ 2.7 minutes to complete, but was expected to complete in less than a second. The query text was something like below ..

(select * from (select * from dix_table_A where perfor_column_12=:1 and testcas_idnu=:2 ) where rownum <= :"SYS_B_0") 
union all (select * from (select * from dix_table_A where perfor_column_12=:3 and testcas_idnu=:4 ) where rownum <= :"SYS_B_1") 
union all (select * from (select * from dix_table_A where perfor_column_12=:5 and testcas_idnu=:6 ) where rownum <= :"SYS_B_2") 
union all (select * from (select * from dix_table_A where perfor_column_12=:7 and testcas_idnu=:8 ) where rownum <= :"SYS_B_3");


SQL_ID        PLAN_HASH_VALUE        EXECS    AVG_ETIME AVG_CPU_TIME        AVG_LIO      AVG_PIO
------------- --------------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------------- ------------
8sn7dhnash901      891893112           45      162.276      101.390   19,618,917.8  11,911,560.6


--- Execution Plan of the ill/slow SQL
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                             | Name          | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                      |               |       |       |    24 (100)|          |
|   1 |  UNION-ALL                            |               |       |       |            |          |
|   2 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|   3 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |   187 | 17952 |     6   (0)| 00:00:03 |
|   4 |     INDEX SKIP SCAN                   | I2DIX_TABLE_A |   168K|       |     2   (0)| 00:00:03 |
|   5 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|   6 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |   187 | 17952 |     6   (0)| 00:00:03 |
|   7 |     INDEX SKIP SCAN                   | I2DIX_TABLE_A |   168K|       |     2   (0)| 00:00:03 |
|   8 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|   9 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |   187 | 17952 |     6   (0)| 00:00:03 |
|  10 |     INDEX SKIP SCAN                   | I2DIX_TABLE_A |   168K|       |     2   (0)| 00:00:03 |
|  11 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|  12 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |   187 | 17952 |     6   (0)| 00:00:03 |
|  13 |     INDEX SKIP SCAN                   | I2DIX_TABLE_A |   168K|       |     2   (0)| 00:00:03 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As per the SQL text, its querying PERFOR_COLUMN_12 and TESTCASE_IDNU columns in the WHERE clause, and per the execution plan (above), I2DIX_TABLE_A index is picked to prepare the plan with INDEX SKIP SCAN as the access method/path for said Index. Index skip scan means, that the leading or other columns of the index is ignored. This costs performance since Oracle has read every item of the first column, second or subsequent columns and check if the second (or third etc.) column is what you searched for. This usually is faster than a full-table scan (depends on your query), but slower than a index range scan.

I2DIX_TABLE_A index is a multi column index which has both of the referenced columns PERFOR_COLUMN_12 and TESTCASE_IDNU, but in the reverse direction, not as the leading columns.

-- I2DIX_TABLE_A Index DDL (BAD Index)
CREATE UNIQUE INDEX "DIXIT"."I2DIX_TABLE_A" ON "DIXIT"."DIX_TABLE_A" ("PRODUCT_CLASSIC_CAT", "BUILD_CLASSIC_ID", "TESTCASE_IDNU", "PERFOR_COLUMN_12");

While doing further analysis, I saw there is already one dedicated index I1DIX_TABLE_A there to cover this combination of columns PERFOR_COLUMN_12 and TESTCASE_IDNU, and in the right order too, but was ignored by the optimizer while preparing the estimations or costing.

-- I1DIX_TABLE_A Index DDL (GOOD Index)
CREATE INDEX "DIXIT"."I1DIX_TABLE_A" ON "DIXIT"."DIX_TABLE_A" ("PERFOR_COLUMN_12", "TESTCASE_IDNU");

Now, this is strange, why the CBO didn’t considered that index even when the required column set is present in the other index and in the right order, and instead it opted to go for an expensive index ? These are the other stats about both the two indexes.

INDEX_NAME           UNIQUENES     BLEVEL DEGREE   TABLE_NAME      NUM_ROWS    LEAF_BLOCKS  INI_TRANS  MAX_TRANS STATUS  LAST_ANAL
-------------------- --------- ---------- -------- --------------- ----------- ------------ ---------- --------- ------  ------------
I1DIX_TABLE_A        NONUNIQUE          4 1        DIX_TABLE_A     33457571    942391        2         255       VALID    01-DEC-21
I2DIX_TABLE_A        UNIQUE             3 1        DIX_TABLE_A     35084294    494579        2         255       VALID    01-DEC-21

All statistics looks good, I mean the row count is almost same, ITL initial and max values, status and stats collection date, but the difference is there for the branch level (BLevel) and Leaf_Blocks as they are different. Taking about the Blevel, it’s the part of the B-tree index that relates to the number of times Oracle has to narrow its search on the index while searching for a particular record, or the blevel is the number of branch levels. On the other hand, leaf_blocks represents number of leaf blocks in an index.

As we know the Blevel and Clustering Factor are important elements of an index scan cost. The index that has lower values for these is likely to be chosen. I2DIX_TABLE_A has lower values than I1DIX_TABLE_A. About the CF, It is hard to decrease clustering factor because it requires rebuilding the table.

So, lets focus to decrease the BLEVEL, will try rebuilding I1DIX_TABLE_A as that might help to decrease the Blevel.

SQL> alter index dixit.I1DIX_TABLE_A rebuild;

Index altered.


-- Index stats after rebuilding 
INDEX_NAME           UNIQUENES     BLEVEL DEGREE   TABLE_NAME      NUM_ROWS    LEAF_BLOCKS  INI_TRANS  MAX_TRANS STATUS  LAST_ANAL
-------------------- --------- ---------- -------- --------------- ----------- ------------ ---------- --------- ------  ------------
I1DIX_TABLE_A        NONUNIQUE          3 1        DIX_TABLE_A     33457571    446703        2         255       VALID    01-DEC-21
I2DIX_TABLE_A        UNIQUE             3 1        DIX_TABLE_A     35084294    494579        2         255       VALID    01-DEC-21

And Yes, both the BLEVEL and the LEAF_BLOCKS of I1DIX_TABLE_A got reset, and I’ve immediately started hearing some good news from the application team about query’s runtime improvements.
The expensive index I2DIX_TABLE_A was finally replaced by the good I1DIX_TABLE_A and that’s how the INDEX SKIP SCAN was replaced with the fast INDEX RANGE SCAN.

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| Id  | Operation                             | Name          | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                      |               |     8 |   10M |     4   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|   1 |  UNION-ALL                            |               |       |       |            |          |
|*  2 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|   3 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |     2 |   192 |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|*  4 |     INDEX RANGE SCAN                  | I1DIX_TABLE_A | 28707 |       |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|*  5 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|   6 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |     2 |   192 |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|*  7 |     INDEX RANGE SCAN                  | I1DIX_TABLE_A | 28707 |       |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|*  8 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|   9 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |     2 |   192 |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|* 10 |     INDEX RANGE SCAN                  | I1DIX_TABLE_A | 28707 |       |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|* 11 |   COUNT STOPKEY                       |               |       |       |            |          |
|  12 |    TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED| DIX_TABLE_A   |     2 |   192 |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
|* 13 |     INDEX RANGE SCAN                  | I1DIX_TABLE_A | 28707 |       |     1   (0)| 00:00:01 |
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You might be thinking that the other difference is the UNIQUENESS, though the Unique scan cost is lower than Range scan cost. But, in this case, unique scan cannot be used for any index. Unique index is NOT always used for “unique scan.” It depends on predicates. The bad index is chosen not because it is a unique index but its scan cost is lower.

Hope It Helped
Prashant Dixit

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And my simple & quick Oracle database monitoring script …

Posted by FatDBA on December 9, 2021

Hi All,

Sometimes when you have to support a performance problem and have to do the firefight, every second counts and you don’t want to use any of those fancy tools to see what’s going on in the database at the moment, and want something handy and quick, nothing is as friendly as querying dynamic views. What about using a small quick script to provide you what. Specially the darling views V$SQLAREA and V$SESSION where the first gives you all sorts of SQL level information and later provides me session information.

Recently while working on a shot assignment where I have to settle the performance and stablize system’s performance for a network inventory application, I quickly penned one script, which can be called as ‘Poor man’s database monitoring script‘ 🙂 to provide me a quick understanding of the database system on what all comes and stays and waits at any given point in time.

Github link : https://github.com/fatdba/scripts.git

The script is pretty basic but very handy, quick and gives you all sort of details, and I’ve played with the LAST_CALL_ET from V$SESSION to get the overall time (RUNNING_SINCE) the SQL is there in the database, rest all you can add, alter as per your need. So this is what it is …

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-- File name:   prashantpoormanscript.sql
-- Version:     V1.1 (12-08-2021) Simple View
-- Purpose:     This script can be used on any Oracle DB to know what all running and for how long and waiting
--              Also provides details on SQL and SESSION level. 
-- Author:      Prashant Dixit The Fatdba www.fatdba.com
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set linesize 400 pagesize 400
select 
x.inst_id
,x.sid
,x.serial#
,x.username
,x.sql_id
,plan_hash_value
,sqlarea.DISK_READS
,sqlarea.BUFFER_GETS
,sqlarea.ROWS_PROCESSED
,x.event
,x.osuser
,x.status
,x.BLOCKING_SESSION_STATUS
,x.BLOCKING_INSTANCE
,x.BLOCKING_SESSION
,x.process
,x.machine
,x.program
,x.module
,x.action
,TO_CHAR(x.LOGON_TIME, 'MM-DD-YYYY HH24:MI:SS') logontime
,x.LAST_CALL_ET
,x.SECONDS_IN_WAIT
,x.state
,sql_text,
ltrim(to_char(floor(x.LAST_CALL_ET/3600), '09')) || ':'
 || ltrim(to_char(floor(mod(x.LAST_CALL_ET, 3600)/60), '09')) || ':'
 || ltrim(to_char(mod(x.LAST_CALL_ET, 60), '09'))    RUNNING_SINCE
from   gv$sqlarea sqlarea
,gv$session x
where  x.sql_hash_value = sqlarea.hash_value
and    x.sql_address    = sqlarea.address
and    sql_text not like '%select x.inst_id,x.sid ,x.serial# ,x.username ,x.sql_id ,plan_hash_value ,sqlarea.DISK_READS%'
and    x.status='ACTIVE'
and x.USERNAME is not null
and x.SQL_ADDRESS    = sqlarea.ADDRESS
and x.SQL_HASH_VALUE = sqlarea.HASH_VALUE
order by RUNNING_SINCE desc;

This is how the output looks like. I have highlighted the RUNNING_SINCE column in red, just to show that the SQL was there in the database running for 3 minutes and 8 seconds and still active waiting on db file sequential reads and was called through SQL Developer, along it gets you the SQLID and PHV for all active SQLs along with other session and SQL level details that will help you to form the right approach for any of those slow sluggish SQLs.

There are hundreds of use cases for this one, specially when the application or product team doesn’t know what all gets triggered in the database in the form of SQLs whenver any of the APIs touched. That’s when you can take help of such handy SQL scripts to check what all runs on the database. You can also write a simple shell script and call it via OS utilities like watch to see it live showing you database workload .. You can write a simple shell something like this …

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-- File name:   prashantpoormanscript.sh
-- Version:     V1.1 (12-08-2021) Shell script View
-- Purpose:     This script can be used on any Oracle DB to know what all running and for how long and waiting
--              Also provides details on SQL and SESSION level. 
-- Author:      Prashant Dixit The Fatdba www.fatdba.com
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#!/bin/ksh
sqlplus /nolog << EOF
CONNECT username/Password@connection_string
set linesize 400
set pagesize 400
col ACTION for a22
col USERNAME for a9
col SQL_ID for a16
col EVENT for a20
col OSUSER for a10
col PROCESS for a8
col MACHINE for a15
col OSUSER for a8
col PROGRAM for a15
col module for a20
select x.inst_id,x.sid
,x.serial#
,x.username
,x.sql_id
,plan_hash_value as PHV
,sqlarea.DISK_READS
,sqlarea.BUFFER_GETS
,sqlarea.ROWS_PROCESSED
,x.event
,x.osuser
,x.status
,x.BLOCKING_SESSION_STATUS
,x.BLOCKING_INSTANCE
,x.BLOCKING_SESSION
,x.process
,x.machine
,x.program
,x.module
,x.action
,TO_CHAR(x.LOGON_TIME, 'MM-DD-YYYY HH24:MI:SS') logontime
,x.LAST_CALL_ET
,x.SECONDS_IN_WAIT
,x.state
,sql_text,
ltrim(to_char(floor(x.LAST_CALL_ET/3600), '09')) || ':'
 || ltrim(to_char(floor(mod(x.LAST_CALL_ET, 3600)/60), '09')) || ':'
 || ltrim(to_char(mod(x.LAST_CALL_ET, 60), '09'))    RUNNING_SINCE
from   gv\$sqlarea sqlarea
,gv\$session x
where  x.sql_hash_value = sqlarea.hash_value
and    x.sql_address    = sqlarea.address
and    sql_text not like '%select x.inst_id,x.sid ,x.serial# ,x.username ,x.sql_id ,plan_hash_value%'
and    x.status='ACTIVE'
and x.USERNAME is not null
and x.SQL_ADDRESS    = sqlarea.ADDRESS
and x.SQL_HASH_VALUE = sqlarea.HASH_VALUE
order by RUNNING_SINCE desc;

SPOOL OFF
EXIT;
EOF

Once you put all that in shell script, call that via watch utility and you’re set.
Example : call the shell every 2 seconds to refresh the output

[Fatdba@Ontacan-test7-dbmonkey mytools]$ watch -n 2 sh prashantpoormanscript.sh

But if you want a fancier representation of the code, here you go … I did some formatting and make it more easy to read but I still love the core one, unformatted and simple.

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-- File name:   prashantpoormanscript1.sql
-- Version:     V1.1 (12-08-2021) Fancy Version
-- Purpose:     This script can be used on any Oracle DB to know what all running and for how long and waiting
--              Also provides details on SQL and SESSION level. 
-- Author:      Prashant Dixit The Fatdba www.fatdba.com
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
set linesize 400
set pagesize 400
col ACTION for a22
col USERNAME for a9
col SQL_ID for a16
col EVENT for a20
col OSUSER for a10
col PROCESS for a8
col MACHINE for a15
col OSUSER for a8
col PROGRAM for a15
col module for a20
col BLOCKING_INSTANCE for a20
select 
'InstID .............................................: '||x.inst_id,
'SID ................................................: '||x.sid,
'Serial .............................................: '||x.serial#,
'Username ...........................................: '||x.username,
'SQLID ..............................................: '||x.sql_id,
'PHV ................................................: '||plan_hash_value,
'DISK_READS .........................................: '||sqlarea.DISK_READS,
'BUFFER_GETS ........................................: '||sqlarea.BUFFER_GETS,
'ROWS_PROCESSED ..... ...............................: '||sqlarea.ROWS_PROCESSED,
'Event  .............................................: '||x.event,
'OSUser .............................................: '||x.osuser,
'Status .............................................: '||x.status,
'BLOCKING_SESSION_STATUS ............................: '||x.BLOCKING_SESSION_STATUS,
'BLOCKING_INSTANCE ..................................: '||x.BLOCKING_INSTANCE,
'BLOCKING_SESSION ...................................: '||x.BLOCKING_SESSION,
'PROCESS ............................................: '||x.process,
'MACHINE ............................................: '||x.machine,
'PROGRAM ............................................: '||x.program,
'MODULE .............................................: '||x.module,
'ACTION .............................................: '||x.action,
'LOGONTIME ..........................................: '||TO_CHAR(x.LOGON_TIME, 'MM-DD-YYYY HH24:MI:SS') logontime,
'LAST_CALL_ET .......................................: '||x.LAST_CALL_ET,
'SECONDS_IN_WAIT ....................................: '||x.SECONDS_IN_WAIT,
'STATE ..............................................: '||x.state,
'RUNNING_SINCE ......................................: '||ltrim(to_char(floor(x.LAST_CALL_ET/3600), '09')) || ':' || ltrim(to_char(floor(mod(x.LAST_CALL_ET, 3600)/60), '09')) || ':' || ltrim(to_char(mod(x.LAST_CALL_ET, 60), '09')) RUNNING_SINCE,
'SQLTEXT ............................................: '||sql_text
from   gv$sqlarea sqlarea
,gv$session x
where  x.sql_hash_value = sqlarea.hash_value
and    x.sql_address    = sqlarea.address
and    sql_text not like '%select x.inst_id,x.sid ,x.serial# ,x.username ,x.sql_id ,plan_hash_value%'
and    x.status='ACTIVE'
and    sql_text not like '%select :"SYS_B_00"||x.inst_id, :"SYS_B_01"||x.sid, :"SYS_B_02"||x.serial#,%'
and x.USERNAME is not null
and x.SQL_ADDRESS    = sqlarea.ADDRESS
and x.SQL_HASH_VALUE = sqlarea.HASH_VALUE
order by RUNNING_SINCE desc;

And the output will look something like this, neat and clean ..

Hope It Helped!
Prashant Dixit


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SQL Tuning Advisor is now available to use with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Posted by FatDBA on December 5, 2021

And finally the much loved ‘SQL Tuning Advisor‘ is now available to use in Oracle cloud DB Service. The useful utility is a built-in tool to provide suggestions or recommendations about certain SQL statements and now available to use with OCI.

Read more about it!

https://blogs.oracle.com/observability/post/available-now-sql-tuning-advisor-for-oracle-cloud-databases

Hope It Helped!
Prashant Dixit

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